Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is the primary school system in Mecklenburg County. It's public, and it has more than 148,000 students and 175 schools throughout the county. It's also one of the biggest employers in the county, with more than 19,000 teachers and other workers. It's the second largest school system in North Carolina, behind only Wake County. CMS is governed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff who must report for duty as schools bring students back won’t have to leave their own kids home alone, district officials said Wednesday.

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Relief is coming for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools families who say remote learning means too much screen time for their children, Chief Academic Officer Brian Kingsley told the school board Tuesday.

He says CMS will release new standards for screen time next week.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday approved a phased-in approach to bringing students back to school that brings the first students back in less than two weeks -- and the last ones Jan. 18.

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A lawsuit seeking to force Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to bring students back to schools is raising questions about white parents who say they’re standing up for communities of color. 

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, cleanliness and sterilization have been the main tools for stopping the coronavirus' spread. Custodial and cleaning employees are essential to keeping buildings and homes sanitized. Here are a few stories of the many custodial and cleaning staff who are keeping Charlotte safe and clean.

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When CMS brings students back for socially-distanced classes, about one in three will stay home by choice. That’s because they’re enrolled in the Full Remote Academy, which ensures they won’t come back before second semester begins in January.

But those numbers vary widely from school to school, which means the in-person return will look different depending on the percent who have opted out.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Thursday unveiled the data dashboard it will use to decide when it’s safe for students to return to school. But some members of the CMS metrics advisory group still have questions. 

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has released a list of 39 schools that lack outside airflow, which is creating concerns about COVID-19 safety for adults and eventually students in those buildings.

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As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders prepare schools for the eventual return of students, the district is spending more than $1 million on products that apparently do little to protect anyone from COVID-19.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders say they’ll lock in metrics Thursday for when it’s safe to bring students back to schools. And the school board will hold a special meeting next week to vote on a phased-in approach to make that happen.

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Five Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parents have sued the district over opening with all-remote instruction, saying the decision deprives students of their constitutional right to a sound basic education. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders have been showing "experts and stakeholders" a preliminary plan to bring students back to schools as early as next week. But board Chair Elyse Dashew says the plan isn't ready to present at Tuesday's board meeting.

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The COVID-19 pandemic robbed most North Carolina high school graduates of their traditional ceremonies this year, but it didn't keep them from claiming diplomas. The state reported an overall on-time graduation rate of 87.6%, up about 1 percentage point over the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is still trying to get 16,000 students connected to the internet for remote classes. But other families say they have the opposite problem: Their kids are spending way too much time in front of a screen. 

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How clean is the air circulating through schools? Are staff trained on how to react if a student shows symptoms of COVID-19? Is the virus depleting staff beyond safe levels?

Those are some of the questions Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools needs to answer before deciding it's time to bring students back in person, members of the district's Metrics Advisory Committee said Thursday.

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Starting Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is offering drive-up Wi-Fi access at seven locations around the county to help students connect to remote lessons. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will delay screening second-graders for giftedness until students are consistently back in schools. That could mean waiting until the 2021 school year to identify children for the district’s gifted program, officials said Tuesday.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools plans a phased-in approach to resuming in-person classes, with the youngest students and those with special needs returning first.

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Two weeks ago, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools medical advisory group held a private meeting on how to reopen schools. The meeting violated the state’s open meetings law.

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As the first week of school in North Carolina ends, thousands of students in the Charlotte area still lack devices and internet connections needed for remote learning.

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Last year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools rolled out a new reading curriculum chosen in part for its anti-racism focus. This year, that program has been modified for remote instruction, and the deletion of sensitive topics has some wondering whether the social justice themes are being watered down.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says it will ease back into sports by allowing high school cross country and volleyball teams to begin workouts as early as Sept. 14.

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North Carolina’s first day of school was marked by celebration, frustration and anxiety about COVID-19. 

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Superintendent Earnest Winston kicked off this school year with a message about the quest to combat structural racism in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

"We are at the fork in the road," he said. "We are choosing to actively fight against racism."

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools notified teachers Wednesday that they’ll no longer be required to wear face masks if they’re providing remote instruction alone in their classrooms.

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Four-year-olds enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' prekindergarten programs will start their school year remotely, just like their older counterparts, Superintendent Earnest Winston announced Tuesday.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools opened to teachers and other employees Thursday to prepare for a pandemic school year like no other.

At least, most of the district's 177 schools opened. The district confirmed Thursday evening that Walter G. Byers K-8 School and Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences told employees to work remotely "while the facilities were cleaned and disinfected due to a positive COVID case in those facilities."

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is using an email symptom survey to clear employees for work.

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More than 9,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers are returning to their classrooms Thursday to prepare for the start of school. Some of them are wondering: If the schools aren’t safe for students, are they safe for us? 

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted unanimously Thursday to cancel in-person orientation and join at least 52 other North Carolina school districts in an all-remote opening Aug. 17.

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